Hamstring tear puts Taylor out

Veteran Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor is out of the match against Bangladesh in Dunedin on Saturday.

Ross Taylor during the second ODI against England in Tauranga. Photo: Getty Images
Ross Taylora. Photo: Getty Images
Taylor suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Central Districts in the Plunket Shield match against Wellington.

Auckland batsman Mark Chapman has been called into the one day international squad as cover, with Taylor expected to be fit to play the second game in Christchurch on Tuesday.

Taylor’s absence leaves New Zealand without its two most experienced batsmen for the series opener.

Regular captain Kane Williamson will miss all three games as he recovers from an elbow injury.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the decision to leave Taylor out was a precautionary move.

Taylor’s injury was a small tear and it was an exciting time for Chapman, who had done well for the New Zealand twenty20 side, Stead said.

Taylor will still be in Dunedin to have treatment and monitor the injury.

The Black Caps flew in yesterday and would train today.

The Bangladesh side has been in Queenstown for nearly a week of training and was set to travel to Dunedin last night.

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